Newsletter 33– Friday 7th May 2021

     St. Cuthbert’s RC Primary School

                            Newsletter 33– Friday 7th May 2021

             St Cuthbert’s CARES We are: Creative Active Respectful Equal Supported

Good afternoon,

Thanks for reading this week’s newsletter.

Sacraments Update

As advised over the last 2 last weeks, please note that, First Reconciliations will be held within the school on Tuesday 11th May. Unfortunately, due to Covid regulations, we are unable to invite parents and carers to this celebration. Celebrating this sacrament this term will however enable pupils to celebrate First Holy Communions with families in attendance next year. Fr Aidan visited the classes for a practice this week and all (including certificates) is ready for the big day.

Can parents of First Communion and Confirmation candidates, please ensure track and trace details for all guests are returned to the school office, as soon as you are able to.

NSPCC Speak Out, Stay Safe Training – All Classes during week commencing 17th May

City of Edinburgh Council have agreed to 100% participation from their schools in this programme. Its aim is, in an age appropriate way, to help children in all primary classes understand what abuse is and recognise the signs of it. Children are taught to speak out if they are worried, either to a trusted adult or Childline. Please contact me, if you have any questions about this programme. Learning resources provided by NSPCC will be used to teach this learning over the week commencing 17th May. Please contact me if you have any questions.

India Solidarity Day – Friday 14th May

We are aware of the dreadful suffering being endured by the people of India at this time. We know that many of our St Cuthbert’s families have links to the Indian subcontinent and wanted to make you aware that you and the people of India are in our thoughts and prayers. We also thought it might be a nice idea for those who wished to do so to wear green or orange (the colours of the Indian flag) on Friday 14th May to show solidarity with the people of India. If pupils wished to bring in a small optional donation to support healthcare in India, we would pass this on to The Missionaries of Charity to distribute.

Eid Mubarak!

this is the last week of Ramadan and Eid will be celebrated next Thursday 13th  May,(depending on the sighting of the moon, Eid may actually fall on Wednesday or even Friday, but it is most likely to be on Thursday). Every class in the school will do something to acknowledge this holy day and show our respect for our Muslim pupils and families.

Our Vision, Values and Aims – Your Feedback

Please see a draft copy of our new Vision, Values and Aims. Any feedback you are able to offer would be most welcome.

At St Cuthbert’s Primary School, we are committed to providing an inspiring learning and teaching experience, based on our shared school values: St Cuthbert’s CARES

Our Pupils are: Creative, Active, Respectful, Equal and Supported.

Children and their families are at the heart of our school. We believe that children should have a strong voice in our school and that they should own their own learning; knowing their strengths and next steps across the curriculum. We also believe that parents and carers are valued partners in learning and that communication with our partners is key. St Cuthbert’s school also esteems and supports its staff, who are skilled and committed professionals. Together we will work to ensure that all of our pupils are safe, healthy, achieving, nurtured, active, respected, responsible and included.

We celebrate individuality: supporting all children to grow and develop their confidence, skills and knowledge through high quality teaching and learning experiences suited to their needs and learning styles. We are aware of the changing world around us and of the need to continually change and adapt. This adaption includes the use of digital learning.

We also celebrate community; priding ourselves that our school is an integral part of the local community, including our local parish. Promoting Catholic and Gospel values whilst committing deeply to promoting equality and inclusion for all.

Traffic Issue/Crossing Patrol Officer

We are continuing to liaise with the council re when this position will be filled, in the meantime, it would really help our pupils would be if families could avoid parking on the main road at the side nearest the school. Similarly, if people were able to avoid double parking on the side of the road opposite the school that would also aid our children’s safety.  Thanks very much for your support with this request.

Fogging

Please note that the latest of the regular deep cleans of our school will take place this weekend.

Key Dates This Term

We posted the overview below last week but thought it would be worth sharing again. Separate communications, with further details will be sent to parents about these events in advance of them taking place.

WeekEvents
1 – w/c 19th AprilStart of Ramadan to be acknowledged in all classes.
2 – w/c 26th April 
3 – w/c 3rd   MayMonday Holiday 3rd May In-Service Day – Tuesday 4th May
4 – w/c 10th MayP7 Bikeability – Monday 10th May Reconciliations to be held in school on Tuesday 11th May.
5 – w/c 17th MayP7 Bikeability – Monday 17th May
6 – w/c 24th MayMonday Holiday – 24th May Sacrament of Confirmation to be celebrated this week: Tuesday 25th May and Thursday 27th May both at 7pm in St Cuthbert’s Church. Pentecost to be acknowledged in weekly learning Early Years School Sports: Tuesday 25th May – P1 Wednesday 26th May P2 Thursday 27th May P3
7 – w/c 31st MaySacrament of First Holy Communion Group 1 to be celebrated on Saturday 29th May at 9.30am Mass. P7 Epic Day – Tuesday 1st June School Sports: Wednesday 2nd June – P4 Thursday 3rd June – P5 Festival of Corpus Christi to be acknowledged in weekly learning.
8 – w/c 7th JuneSacrament of First Holy Communion – Group 2 to be celebrated on Saturday 5th June at 9.30am Mass in St Cuthbert’s Church. School Sports: Wednesday 9th June – P6 Thursday 10th June – P7 Learning Journals – End of Year Reports published Friday 11th June
9 – w/c 14th JuneP7 Transition Days – Tuesday 15th-Thursday 17th June
10 – w/c 21st JuneTerm ends on Friday 25th June at staggered times

Nursery Update

Another lovely week in our nursery. The pupils have been enjoying learning about different cultures; listening to music and tasting foods from different countries. Next week we will celebrate Eid with our Muslim children.

As mentioned last week, parent/carers of children returning in August 2021 should now have received their application form for the Autumn term. Please return these as soon as possible, selecting your 1st and 2nd choice from the three options below.

If you have not received an application form or would like to apply, please find below a link to the City of Edinburgh Council website, where you can download a nursery application.

https://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/downloads/download/12890/apply-for-nursery

Please bring (or post) the application, along with a copy of your child’s birth certificate and proof of home address – e.g. Council Tax letter or utility bill, to:

St Cuthbert’s Early learning & Childcare

St Cuthbert’s R C Primary School

9 Hutchison Crossway,

Edinburgh

EH14 1RP

Alternatively, you can email your application along with supporting documents to: stcu-nurmail@st-cuthberts.edin.sch.uk

St Cuthbert’s Early learning and Childcare Models of Attendance from August 2021
Option 1Option 2Option 3
5 DAYS – Term-time (38 weeks) Monday to Thursday 8:30am-3:00pm Friday 8:30am-12:30pm2 DAYS + 19 Flexi Fridays Full Year (50 weeks) Monday    8:00am – 6:00pm Tuesday     8:00am – 6:00pm 1st & 2nd Friday of each month2 DAYS + 11 Flexi Fridays Full Year (50 weeks) Wednesday 8:00am – 6:00pm Thursday      8:00am – 6pm 3rd Friday of each month

Please be aware that a place at St Cuthbert’s is not guaranteed, as places are allocated using the City of Edinburgh Council Admission Policy

https://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/directory-record/1146138/early-years-childcare-admissions-policy.

 Nursery will be closed next Monday and Tuesday for the May Day holiday and in-service day. We look forward to seeing you all on Wednesday 5th May

St Cuthbert’s, Slateford and Our Lady’s, Currie/Fr Duffy

Fr Aidan, will be saying Mass at both St Cuthbert’s and Our Lady’s Currie for the foreseeable future. Please note that Fr Duffy is still in hospital, unwell. Please keep in your prayers. Thanks to all those who have asked for him. I have passed your best wishes on to him.

Please see website for details of times and how to book.

https://www.stcuthbertschurch.com

Finally

If you have any feedback on our newsletter, please let us know. All comments gratefully received.

Similarly, if you have any questions about the information contained in this newsletter please contact us on (0131 443 2621) or via our admin mailbox (admin@st-cuthberts.edin.sch.uk). Our nursery can now be contacted separately at: stcu-nurmail@st-cuthberts.edin.sch.uk

Wishing you all a restful weekend.Mr P Brack, Head Teacher and all at St Cuthbert’s School

Newsletter 32 – Friday 30th April 202

St. Cuthbert’s RC Primary School

Newsletter 32 – Friday 30th April 2021

St Cuthbert’s CARES We are: Creative Active Respectful Equal Supported

Good afternoon,

Please find below this week’s newsletter which contains important information about the life of the school in the coming term. I hope you enjoy reading it but as always, please ask if you have any questions.

Monday Holidays and In-Service Days This Term

Please be advised that Monday 3rd May is a holiday for pupils and staff. Tuesday 4th May is an in-service day for staff and pupils should not attend school on this day. Monday 24th May is the final public holiday of the term. (See events calendar below)

Sacraments Update

Letters were sent out this week re the Sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation. We are sorry that due to Covid restrictions that we have had to restrict the number of guests to 5 for each candidate (that is the candidate themselves plus 5 guests, the term guest includes parents/carers and sponsors for Confirmation).

We understand that these limits can be frustrating and are investigating the possibility of filming these celebrations ourselves; either live streaming or videoing then sharing securely for families to watch afterwards so that more people than can come to the church can view them.

If you have any expertise in this field and would be able to help us with this endeavour, please contact us via the admin mailbox.

As advised last week, please note that, First Reconciliations will be held within the school on Tuesday 11th May. Unfortunately due to Covid regulations, we are unable to invite parents and carers to this celebration. Celebrating this sacrament this term will however enable pupils to celebrate First Holy Communions with families in attendance next year.

Traffic Issue/Crossing Patrol Officer

As was mentioned in last week’s newsletter our Crossing Patrol Officer retired at Easter and we are still awaiting the appointment of her successor. This means that pupils are currently having to cross the road unaided. We are continuing to liaise with the council re when this position will be filled, in the meantime what would really help our pupils would be if families could avoid parking on the main road at the side nearest the school. Similarly, if people were able to avoid double parking on the side of the road opposite the school that would also aid our children’s safety. Thanks very much for your support with this request.

P1 Staffing

Whilst Mrs Mulvagh recovers from her broken arm, Mrs Peake will teach P1 from Monday – Wednesday and Mrs McCulloch will continue to teach the class on a Thursday and Friday. We wish Mrs Mulvagh a speedy recovery.

Learning Conversation – P5

I visited P5 this week and had a really rewarding conversation about their learning. They outlined a number of strengths in Maths and Writing and how they had attained them.

They were great at identifying next steps and the strategies they would need to use to achieve them: listening, concentrating, thinking before they answered, practice, asking questions, following success criteria and assessing their own progress for strengths and next steps.

Sharing our Learning via Twitter @StCuthbertsRCP

Now that we are all back at school again, this popular feature will resume from next week. The days for each class are as below:

Monday – P1/P2

Tuesday – P7/LCC1/2

Wednesday – P4/P6

Thursday – P3/P5

Friday – Star Learners/Pupil of the Week.

Key Dates This Term

Please see overviews below. Separate communications, with further details will be sent to parents about these events in advance of them taking place.

Week Events

1 – w/c 19th April Start of Ramadan to be acknowledged in all classes.

2 – w/c 26th April

3 – w/c 3rd May Monday Holiday 3rd May In-Service Day – Tuesday 4th May

4 – w/c 10th May P7 Bikeability – Monday 10th May Reconciliations to be held in school on Tuesday 11th May.

5 – w/c 17th May P7 Bikeability – Monday 17th May

6 – w/c 24th May Monday Holiday – 24th May Sacrament of Confirmation to be celebrated this week: Tuesday 25th May and Thursday 27th May both at 7pm in St Cuthbert’s Church. Pentecost to be acknowledged in weekly learning Early Years School Sports: Tuesday 25th May – P1 Wednesday 26th May P2 Thursday 27th May P3

7 – w/c 31st May Sacrament of First Holy Communion Group 1 to be celebrated on Saturday 29th May at 9.30am Mass. P7 Epic Day – Tuesday 1st June School Sports: Wednesday 2nd June – P4 Thursday 3rd June – P5 Festival of Corpus Christi to be acknowledged in weekly learning.

8 – w/c 7th June Sacrament of First Holy Communion – Group 2 to be celebrated on Saturday 5th June at 9.30am Mass in St Cuthbert’s Church. School Sports: Wednesday 9th June – P6 Thursday 10th June – P7 Learning Journals – End of Year Reports published Friday 11th June

9 – w/c 14th June P7 Transition Days – Tuesday 15th-Thursday 17th June

10 – w/c 21st June Term ends on Friday 25th June at staggered times

Covid Situation in India

We are aware of the dreadful suffering being endured by the people of India at this time. We know that many of our St Cuthbert’s families have links to the Indian subcontinent and wanted to make you aware that you and the people of India are in our thoughts and prayers.

Nursery Update

We have had a lovely couple of weeks back in nursery – even the variable weather hasn’t stopped the children playing outdoors. We have started planning variety of plants and seeds in our raised beds and there has been a lot of exploration of water – from jumping in puddles to experimenting at the water tray.

Parent/carers of children returning in August 2021 should now have received their application form for the Autumn term. Please return these as soon as possible, selecting your 1st and 2nd choice from the three options below.

If you have not received an application form or would like to apply, please find below a link to the City of Edinburgh Council website, where you can download a nursery application. https://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/downloads/download/12890/apply-for-nursery

Please bring (or post) the application, along with a copy of your child’s birth certificate and proof of home address – e.g. Council Tax letter or utility bill, to:

St Cuthbert’s Early learning & Childcare

St Cuthbert’s R C Primary School

9 Hutchison Crossway,

Edinburgh

EH14 1RP

Alternatively, you can email your application along with supporting documents to: Admin@st-cuthberts.edin.sch.uk

St Cuthbert’s Early learning and Childcare Models of Attendance from August 2021

St Cuthbert’s Early learning and Childcare Models of Attendance from August 2021
Option 1Option 2Option 3
5 DAYS – Term-time (38 weeks) Monday to Thursday 8:30am-3:00pm Friday 8:30am-12:30pm2 DAYS + 19 Flexi Fridays Full Year (50 weeks) Monday    8:00am – 6:00pm Tuesday     8:00am – 6:00pm 1st & 2nd Friday of each month2 DAYS + 11 Flexi Fridays Full Year (50 weeks) Wednesday 8:00am – 6:00pm Thursday      8:00am – 6pm 3rd Friday of each month

Please be aware that a place at St Cuthbert’s is not guaranteed, as places are allocated using the City of Edinburgh Council Admission Policy https://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/directory-record/1146138/early-years-childcare-admissions-policy.

Nursery will be closed next Monday and Tuesday for the May Day holiday and in-service day. We look forward to seeing you all on Wednesday 5th May

St Cuthbert’s, Slateford and Our Lady’s, Currie

Fr Aidan, will be saying Mass at both St Cuthbert’s and Our Lady’s Currie for the foreseeable future.

Please see website for details of times and how to book.

https://www.stcuthbertschurch.com

Finally

If you have any feedback on our newsletter, please let us know. All comments gratefully received.

Similarly, if you have any questions about the information contained in this newsletter please contact us on (0131 443 2621) or via our admin mailbox (admin@st-cuthberts.edin.sch.uk). Our nursery can now be contacted separately at: stcu-nurmail@st-cuthberts.edin.sch.uk

Wishing you all a happy holiday weekend.

Mr P Brack, Head Teacher and all at St Cuthbert’s School

Newsletter 31 – Friday 23rd April 2021

St. Cuthbert’s RC Primary School

Newsletter 31 – Friday 23rd April 2021

St Cuthbert’s CARES We are: Creative Active Respectful Equal Supported

Good afternoon,

Thanks for reading this special paper edition of our newsletter. We are aware that we have had many new families join the school this year and that not all may be familiar with our weekly online newsletter so we wanted to raise awareness of its existence by providing a one-off paper copy to all families this week. Going forward the newsletter will continue to be posted on our school website, school app and Learning Journals platforms weekly by 5pm on a Friday.

Sacramental Celebrations – Summer Term

As you may be aware Fr Duffy is not well at present and a supply priest – Fr Aidan Cannon – has been arranged to cover for Fr in his absence. I met with him yesterday and the following arrangements have been confirmed.

· P3 -First Reconciliations will be held within the school on Tuesday 11th May. Unfortunately due to Covid regulations, we are unable to invite parents and carers to this celebration. Celebrating this sacrament this term will however enable pupils to celebrate First Holy Communions with families in attendance next year.

· P4 – First Holy Communions will be celebrated in the church on 2 consecutive Saturdays at 9.30am Mass: 29th May and 5th June. In order to try and give as much notice as possible to families we will send letters out next week confirming your child’s date. Each child can be accompanied by 5 guests.

· P7 – Confirmations will be celebrated on Tuesday 25th and Thursday 27th May at 7pm in the Church. Letters will be sent out week commencing 3rd May confirming arrangements. Again, each candidate can bring 5 guests with them.

School Events Calendar

A calendar confirming key events this term will be posted online with next week’s newsletter. A paper copy will also be provided.

Crossing Patrol Officer

As you may know, our Crossing Patrol Officer retired at the end of last term. We contacted the Council Department responsible re when this vacancy will be filled and they assured us that they are actively seeking to recruit an officer for our school and several other local schools. They have promised to keep me informed and I will pass on any information I receive to you as soon as I have it.

P1 Staffing

Mrs Mulvagh is absent through ill health at the moment and is expected to be off for several weeks. Please be assured that we have a contingency plan in place until her return. We wish Mrs Mulvagh a speedy recovery.

Learning Journals – Termly Observations and End of Year Reports

Observations for last term will be posted by close of play today for all classes. Please let us know if you are having any issues with logging into this platform. Final end of year reports will be published on this platform on Friday 11th June.

Sharing our Learning via Twitter @StCuthbertsRCP

Now that we are all back at school again, this popular feature will resume from next week. The days for each class are as below:

Monday – P1/P2

Tuesday – P7/LCC1/2

Wednesday – P4/P6

Thursday – P3/P5

Friday – Star Learners/Pupil of the Week.

Booking School Lunches – P1 – P7 for week commencing 26th April 2021

Please remember that the deadline for booking school meals for the first week of term was midnight on Wednesday 21st April. If you have not booked a school lunch for your child, please send them with a packed lunch from home.

Resumption of School Breakfast Club – Booking Places for Week Commencing 26th April 2021

Please contact our admin mailbox if you wish to book for week commencing 26th April 2021.

Cost will be £1.50 per day for the first child and £1 per day for any additional children. If your child has free school meal entitlement, there is no charge.

Once your child’s place is confirmed, money should be handed into the office on the first day of your child’s attendance each week in a sealed envelope marked with pupil names and correct amount of money enclosed. Thank you.

Nursery Update

The nursery team has welcomed the children back from the holidays and they are pleased that the children seem really happy to be back. We have welcomed more new children this week and they seem to be settling in well. We are making use of the weather and most of our learning is being conducted outdoors. Parents are encouraged to apply sun-cream to their children when they come in and members of staff will top it up in the afternoon. A copy of our Sun Protection Policy has been shared with the families. Children attending nursery will be offered 3 different patterns of attendance from August 2021. Letters to confirm choices of attendance patterns will be sent early next week.

We would also encourage you to keep following our nursery twitter account @stcnurseryclass and call us on 0131 443 2621 or e-mail stcu-nurmail@st-cuthberts.edin.sch.uk if you have any questions.

St Cuthbert’s, Slateford and Our Lady’s, Currie

Fr Aidan, will be saying Mass at both St Cuthbert’s and Our Lady’s Currie for the foreseeable future.

Please see website for details of times and how to book.

https://www.stcuthbertschurch.com

Ramadan

The month of Ramadan started on Monday 12th April. We wish all our Muslim pupils and families a holy Ramadan.

Finally

If you have any feedback on our newsletter, please let us know. All comments gratefully received.

Similarly, if you have any questions about the information contained in this newsletter please contact us on (0131 443 2621) or via our admin mailbox (admin@st-cuthberts.edin.sch.uk). Our nursery can now be contacted separately at: stcu-nurmail@st-cuthberts.edin.sch.uk

Mr P Brack, Head Teacher and all at St Cuthbert’s School

Newsletter 30– Thursday 1st April 2021

     St. Cuthbert’s RC Primary School

                           Newsletter 30– Thursday 1st April 2021

             St Cuthbert’s CARES We are: Creative Active Respectful Equal Supported

Good afternoon,

Thanks for reading this term’s final update.  Thank you for your support and understanding throughout another unprecedented term of change. We hope to see you and your children all back safe and rested on Tuesday 20th April after the Easter Holidays. If you have any questions about the information contained in this newsletter please contact us on (0131 443 2621) or via our admin mailbox (admin@st-cuthberts.edin.sch.uk). Our nursery can now be contacted separately at: stcu-nurmail@st-cuthberts.edin.sch.uk

Easter Holidays – Friday 2nd April to Monday 19th April

Please note that our last day of this term will be today, Thursday 1st April. We will be in school for the full day on this day and will finish at our usual Thursday finishing times. We return to school on Tuesday 20th April 2021, again at our normal staggered starting times.

Reporting Positive Pupil Covid Cases During Holidays

In order to ensure we are able to support families who may test positive over the Easter Holidays, we have put in place arrangements that will allow us to work with Health Protection Lothian to identify potential close contacts in schools. In order for this to be most effective, we are asking you to support us with this process by following these instructions:

  • During the school holidays, if your child has had a positive test result for Covid-19 please call 0131 200 2000 to let City of Edinburgh Council know. 

The school has shared attendance information with the Health Protection Team so they can identify and notify close contacts.  Your child(ren) does not need to do anything further.

Learning Conversations

This week, I visited P6, as with P7 last week the conversation was both enjoyable and informative. The class shared positives from across the curriculum. They also shared some of the strategies that had helped them be successful, namely: motivation, good teaching, listening and teamwork. Some of the strategies suggested by P6 to support their learning and help them improve further were practice, revision, reading over work to check it and learning from mistakes (remembering what they were and not repeating them).

Sharing our Learning via Twitter @StCuthbertsRCP

Now that we are all back at school again, this popular feature will resume from next week. The days for each class are as below:

Monday – P1/P2
Tuesday – P7/LCC1/2
Wednesday – P4/P6
Thursday – P3/P5
Friday – Star Learners/Pupil of the Week.

Booking School Lunches – P1 – P7 for week commencing 20th April 2021

Please remember that the deadline for booking school meals for the first week of term was midnight on Wednesday 31st March.  If you have not booked a school lunch for your child, please send them with a packed lunch from home on the first week back after the holidays.  The deadline for ordering meals for the second week of term will be midnight on Wednesday 21st April.

Please note the new menu and allergen information is already live on the council’s website and can be accessed – https://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/downloads/download/12852/primary-school-lunch-menus-with-nutrition-and-allergen-information

Resumption of School Breakfast Club – Booking Places for Week Commencing 20th April 2021

As advised via the school app and Learning Journals, Breakfast Club will be in operation from 8 am until pupils’ respective start times each school day after the Easter Holidays.  Thanks to those who have responded and booked for the first week back after the holidays. Please contact our admin mailbox upon our return, if you wish to book for the second week of term: week commencing 26th April 2021.

Cost will be £1.50 per day for the first child and £1 per day for any additional children. If your child has free school meal entitlement, there is no charge.

Once your child’s place is confirmed, money should be handed into the office on the first day of your child’s attendance each week in a sealed envelope marked with pupil names and correct amount of money enclosed. Thank you.

 

Retirement – Pat  – Crossing Patrol Officer (Lollipop Lady)

Pat retired yesterday after 6 years of service to the school. Pat has been a hard-working and very well-liked member of our wider staff team. We wish her a restful and enjoyable retirement. Thank you to all of you who contributed generously to her retirement collection.

Nursery Update

Faye, Laura and the team would like to say a huge thank you to all the families who have been so welcoming and supportive over this first nursery term. The feedback from parents and carers has been overwhelmingly positive, and staff are delighted that the children have settled so happily in the new setting. The whole team hope you all have a wonderful Easter holiday and look forward to welcoming the children back on Tuesday 20th April 2021.

The Scottish Government has committed to increasing the entitlement to funded Early Learning and Childcare from the current 600 hours to 1140 hours per academic year. In August 2021 St Cuthbert’s nursery will be expanding to a 50 week service offering a choice of attendance patterns, giving families the option of term-time places or 50 week places. Letters regarding the new patterns of attendance for session 2021 – 2022 will be sent out week over the course of week beginning Monday 19th April 2021.  

We would also encourage you to keep following our nursery twitter account @stcnurseryclass and call us on 0131 443 2621 or e-mail stcu-nurmail@st-cuthberts.edin.sch.uk if you have any questions.

St Cuthbert’s, Slateford and Our Lady’s, Currie

Fr Duffy sends his best Easter wishes to all. He has, as I am sure many of you now know been unwell for a period of time and is currently unable to work. Please direct all queries to Fr Martens at Our Lady’s Currie in the short term. Fr Martins can be contacted via the contact details provided on the home page of the parish website.

https://www.stcuthbertschurch.com

Ramadan

The month of Ramadan will be starting on Monday 12th April. This is a very holy month for all Muslims and will end after 30 days of fasting with a big celebration of Eid-ul-Fitr on Thursday 13th May (the date could change depending on the sighting of the moon). We wish all our Muslim pupils and families a holy Ramadan.

Finally

We wish you and your families a happy and holy Easter!

Mr P Brack, Head Teacher and all at St Cuthbert’s School

Newsletter 29 – Friday 26th March 2021

St. Cuthbert’s RC Primary School

Newsletter 29 – Friday 26th March 2021

St Cuthbert’s CARES We are: Creative Active Respectful Equal Supported

Good afternoon,

Thanks for reading this week’s update, it is hard to believe that we have almost reached the Easter holidays already. It has certainly been a term to remember. Thanks as always for your patience and support. As always, your questions and feedback are welcomed. We can be contacted on (0131 443 2621) or via our admin mailbox (admin@st-cuthberts.edin.sch.uk). Our nursery can now be contacted separately at: stcu-nurmail@st-cuthberts.edin.sch.uk

Easter Holidays – Friday 2nd April to Monday 19th April

Please note that our last day of this term will be Thursday 1st April. We will be in school for the full day on this day and will finish at our usual Thursday finishing times. We return to school on Tuesday 20th April 2021, again at our normal starting times.

Learning Conversations

This week, I visited P7, we talked about what pupils felt their strengths in learning had been that day, what and who had helped them learn and how. We also talked about their next steps in learning and what they and staff could do differently to help them improve. The conversation was both enjoyable and informative. The class shared positives in both Literacy and Maths. They shared some of the strategies that had helped them be successful, namely: concentration, perseverance, teamwork, following success criteria, practice, proof reading and double checking. Some of the strategies suggested by P7 to support their learning and help them improve further were revision of key facts, learning from mistakes (remembering what they were and not repeating them) as well as taking their time and trying not to rush. Next week I will visit P6 and share that learning with you.

Sharing our Learning via Twitter @StCuthbertsRCP

Now that we are all back at school again, this popular feature will resume from next week. The days for each class are as below:

Monday – P1/P2 Tuesday – P7/LCC1/2 Wednesday – P4/P6 Thursday – P3/P5 Friday – Star Learners/Pupil of the Week.

Learning Journal Observations – This Term

Our plan to share this term’s observations of learning in Literacy, Numeracy/Maths and Health and Wellbeing before Easter has been affected by some technical challenges with the Learning Journals platform over the last week or so. Therefore, observations from term 2 will now be published at the end of the first week back after the Easter holidays: Friday 23rd April 2021. I apologise for the delay and thank you for your patience. If you are not able to access Learning Journals please notify us and Mrs Holden, our Depute, will respond to you as soon as she possibly can. Please note that the web version is currently the best means of accessing this platform, as there are some temporary issues with the app. Passwords and user names remain the same for both platforms.

Booking School Lunches – P1 – P7 for week commencing 20th April 2021

Please remember that bookings for school meals must be made by no later than midnight on Wednesday night (31st March) for our return after Easter. If you have not booked a school lunch for your child, please send them with a packed lunch from home.

Please note the new menu and allergen information is already live on the council’s website and can be accessed – https://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/downloads/download/12852/primary-school-lunch-menus-with-nutrition-and-allergen-information

Resumption of School Breakfast Club – Booking Places for Week Commencing 20th April 2021

As advised via the school app and Learning Journals, Breakfast Club will be in operation from 8 am until pupils’ respective start times each school day next week. Thanks to those who have responded and booked for next week.

I would appreciate it if you could email admin@st-cuthberts.edin.sch.uk if you wish to use this service for week beginning 20th April – the first week back after Easter. Cost will be £1.50 per day for the first child and £1 per day for any additional children. If your child has free school meal entitlement, there is no charge. You still need to reserve a place via the admin mailbox (please note that you will also be asked to complete an annual registration form if you haven’t done so already). Please let us know by 12pm on Thursday 1st April if you wish to reserve a place.

Once your child’s place is confirmed, money should be handed into the office on the first day of your child’s attendance each week in a sealed envelope marked with pupil names and correct amount of money enclosed. Thank you.

Retirement – John Davidson – Facilities Management Technician (Janitor)

John retired today after 4 decades of services to Lothian Region and City of Edinburgh Council. John has been a hard-working and very well-liked member of our team. We wish him a restful and enjoyable retirement.

ECO Schools

We have used school funds to buy litter picking equipment. This equipment will be used by all classes on a rotational basis and will add to our continuing work to improve the school’s approach to sustainability.

Sacramental Update

Fr Duffy has been unwell for a period of time and is currently recuperating at home (please see further information below). Our P3, P4 and P7 teachers are moving forwards with sacramental preparation for Reconciliation, First Holy Communion and Confirmation but we await further advice from the arch-diocese re how these sacraments are to be celebrated. We will let you know as soon as we are aware. Thanks for your patience and understanding.

Equalities Update

Miss Munro surveyed our pupils on our approach to equalities this week. We are also awaiting the responses to the City of Edinburgh Council Pupil Wellbeing survey undertaken by our pupils recently. Both of these surveys will be used to help us further promote equality in the school going forward.

We will also survey parents next term in relation to this topic.

City of Edinburgh Council also advise that we share their policy on bullying on an annual basis. Please see this policy at link below:

https://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/bullying

Nursery Update

Faye, Laura and the team thank all for adapting so well to the new entry and exit system. The children are continuing to settle in really well to their new environment. Letters will be sent out week commencing 19th April confirming attendance patterns for August 2021.

Please also note that our new nursery noticeboard is now displaying our lunch menu for your information.

Thank you for continuing to follow social distancing and face mask advice.

We would also encourage you to keep following our nursery twitter account @stcnurseryclass and call us on 0131 443 2621 or e-mail stcu-nurmail@st-cuthberts.edin.sch.uk if you have any questions.

Message from CEC re Free School Meals payments and the Spring Hardship Payment

https://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/schoolgrants

Other payments If you meet the conditions for free school meals you may be entitled to other payments to help with meals during school holidays, closures or if your child has to self isolate.

You don’t need to apply separately. We will pay these to the bank account we hold for your clothing grant.

Holiday payments

A payment of £2.25 was made for every day during school holidays, closures or where remote or learning is in place up to 29 January 2021.

From 01 February 2021, the payment increased to £2.50 per day.

Free School Meals payments have been made for all pupils up to 12 March 2021.

On 15 March 2021, a Free School Meals payment of £35.00 per child will be made for secondary pupils only as they are returning to school on blended learning. This payment is for the period 15 March 2021 to 01 April 2021.

Free School Meals payments will be made to all pupils for the Easter holidays.

Spring Hardship Payment

The Scottish Government’s Spring Hardship Payment (https://www.gov.scot/news/funding-to-tackle-poverty-and-inequality/) includes a one-off payment of £100 per child for all children in receipt of Free School Meals before the Easter holiday.

This payment will be included with the Easter holiday Free School Meal payment.

The date for the Spring Hardship Payment and the Easter holidays Free School Meal payment has not yet been confirmed but the payment will be made in advance of the Easter holiday. Once the date is confirmed we will update our web page.

Parents of children already in receipt of Free School Meals DO NOT need to complete an application in order to receive the Spring Hardship Payment, it will be paid automatically using the bank/payment details we already hold.

St Cuthbert’s, Slateford and Our Lady’s, Currie

Fr Duffy sends his best wishes to all. He has, as I am sure many of you now know been unwell for a period of time and is currently unable to work. Please direct all queries to Fr Martens at Our Lady’s Currie in the short term. Fr Martins can be

contacted via the contact details provided on the home page of the parish website.

https://www.stcuthbertschurch.com

Finally

We will issue a short newsletter next Thursday which will be the final newsletter of the term. We hope that you and your families have a relaxing and restful weekend!

Mr P Brack, Head Teacher and all at St Cuthbert’s School

Newsletter 28: Friday 19th March 2021

      St. Cuthbert’s RC Primary School

                            Newsletter 28– Friday 19th March 2021

         St Cuthbert’s CARES We are: Creative Active Respectful Equal Supported

Good afternoon,

Thanks for reading this week’s update, it has been great to welcome everyone back this week, the weather has been kind to us too! As always, your questions and feedback are welcomed. We can be contacted on (0131 443 2621) or via our admin mailbox (admin@st-cuthberts.edin.sch.uk). Our nursery can now be contacted separately at: stcu-nurmail@st-cuthberts.edin.sch.uk

Parents Consultations This Term via MS Teams

As always, our aim is to communicate as clearly as possible with our parents and carers. To this end, as well as the letters and Teams invites we have sent, we have been making and will continue to make reminder phone calls to parents and carers on the day of their scheduled appointments.  We hope you have found these meetings helpful. As always, please feel very welcome to feedback your thoughts on this process or any questions you have.

Return to School – Uniform, P.E and Social Distancing

Thank you for sending the pupils back to school in their school uniforms. Uniform is important to us, as a sign of our corporate identity and also in terms of equality. The only exception to the requirement for uniform is on P.E days, as indoor P.E is still not permitted, this subject will be held outside for the time being and pupils may come to school in hoodies, tracksuits or other sports clothing suitable to the weather on those days. On all other days uniform should be worn. We realise that shops have been shut for a long time and that your children may have grown out of some items of uniform. We have a limited stock of good condition uniform items that parents/carers are very welcome to take and use. Please contact our office, if you would like to arrange a time to look at our stock. Equally, if you have any uniform you would like to donate, please also feel very welcome to contact us.

Thank you for ensuring that social distancing is maintained and that masks are worn at all times within the vicinity of the school. No parents of P4-7 pupils should enter the playground at the start or end of each day. Pupils should also continue to remain out-with the playground until their class is called in.

Learning Journal Observations – This Term

Our plan to share this term’s observations of learning in Literacy, Numeracy/Maths and Health and Wellbeing before Easter has been affected by some technical challenges with the Learning Journals platform over the last week or so. Therefore, observations from term 2 will now be published at the end of the first week back after the Easter holidays: Friday 23rd April 2021. I apologise for the delay and thank you for your patience. If you are not able to access Learning Journals please notify us and Mrs Holden, our Depute, will respond to you as soon as she possibly can. Please note that the web version is currently the best means of accessing this platform, as there are some temporary issues with the app. Passwords and user names remain the same for both platforms.

Booking School Lunches – P1 – P7

Please remember that bookings must be made by no later than midnight on a Wednesday night for the following Monday.  If you have not booked a school lunch for your child, please send them with a packed lunch from home. 

Please note the new menu and allergen information is already live on the council’s website and can be accessed – https://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/downloads/download/12852/primary-school-lunch-menus-with-nutrition-and-allergen-information

Message from CEC re Free School Meals payments and the Spring Hardship Payment

https://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/schoolgrants

Other payments

If you meet the conditions for free school meals you may be entitled to other payments to help with meals during school holidays, closures or if your child has to self isolate.

You don’t need to apply separately. We will pay these to the bank account we hold for your clothing grant.

Holiday payments

A payment of £2.25 was made for every day during school holidays, closures or where remote or learning is in place up to 29 January 2021.

From 01 February 2021, the payment increased to £2.50 per day.

Free School Meals payments have been made for all pupils up to 12 March 2021.

On 15 March 2021, a Free School Meals payment of £35.00 per child will be made for secondary pupils only as they are returning to school on blended learning. This payment is for the period 15 March 2021 to 01 April 2021.

Free School Meals payments will be made to all pupils for the Easter holidays.

Spring Hardship Payment

The Scottish Government’s Spring Hardship Payment (https://www.gov.scot/news/funding-to-tackle-poverty-and-inequality/) includes a one-off payment of £100 per child for all children in receipt of Free School Meals before the Easter holiday.

This payment will be included with the Easter holiday Free School Meal payment.

The date for the Spring Hardship Payment and the Easter holidays Free School Meal payment has not yet been confirmed but the payment will be made in advance of the Easter holiday. Once the date is confirmed we will update our web page.

Parents of children already in receipt of Free School Meals DO NOT need to complete an application in order to receive the Spring Hardship Payment, it will be paid automatically using the bank/payment details we already hold.

Nursery Update

Faye, Laura and the team are really pleased with the way that the children are settling in. Letters will be sent out week commencing 19th April confirming attendance patterns for August 2021.

Please also note that our new nursery noticeboard is now displaying our lunch menu for your information.

Thank you for continuing to follow social distancing and face mask advice.

We would also encourage you to keep following our nursery twitter account @stcnurseryclass and call us on 0131 443 2621 or e-mail stcu-nurmail@st-cuthberts.edin.sch.uk if you have any questions.

Resumption of School Breakfast Club – Booking Places for Week Commencing 29.03.21

As advised via the school app and Learning Journals, Breakfast Club will be in operation from 8 am until pupils’ respective start times each school day next week.  Thanks to those who have responded and booked for next week.

I would appreciate it if you could email admin@st-cuthberts.edin.sch.uk if you wish to use this service for week beginning 29th March. Cost will be £1.50 per day for the first child and £1 per day for any additional children. If your child has free school meal entitlement, there is no charge. You still need to reserve a place via the admin mailbox (please note that you will also be asked to complete an annual registration form if you haven’t done so already). Please let us know by 12pm on Friday 26th March if you wish to reserve a place.  

Once your child’s place is confirmed, money should be handed into the office on the first day of your child’s attendance each week in a sealed envelope marked with pupil names and correct amount of money enclosed. Thank you.

 

Learning Conversations/Newsletter

As of next week, I will visit a different class every week to discuss their learning. This will then be shared via the newsletter. We will start this with P7 next week.

Sharing our Learning via Twitter @StCuthbertsRCP

Now that we are all back at school again, this popular feature will resume from next week. The days for each class are as below:

Monday – P1/P2
Tuesday – P7/LCC1/2
Wednesday – P4/P6
Thursday – P3/P5
Friday – Star Learners/Pupil of the Week.

Retirements

Our School Crossing Patrol Person (Lollipop Lady), Pat and our Janitor, John, will be retiring in the coming weeks. John on the 26th of March and Pat on the 31st of March.  Both are valued and well-liked members of staff who will be missed. To mark their departures, the staff will be holding a collection for them. Some parents and carers have also indicated that they would be interested in contributing. If you are amongst their number, please hand in your contribution in an envelope marked with the name of the appropriate person either via your child, if they are in school or in person at our office, if they aren’t. Please remember that this is purely optional.

St Cuthbert’s, Slateford and Our Lady’s, Currie

Fr Duffy sends his best wishes to all. Please continue to check the Parish website for details and updates. See below:

https://www.stcuthbertschurch.com

Finally

We are sure your children will be tired after our first full week back as a whole school (and nursery). We therefore hope that you and your families will be able to have a relaxing and restful weekend and look forward to your return on Monday!

Mr P Brack, Head Teacher and all at St Cuthbert’s School

Newsletter 27: Friday 12th March 2021

      St. Cuthbert’s RC Primary School

                            Newsletter 27– Friday 12th March 2021

               St Cuthbert’s CARES We are: Creative Active Respectful Equal Supported

Good afternoon,

Thanks for reading this week’s update, hopefully the last ever lock-down/digital learning era newsletter! As always, your questions and feedback are welcomed. We can be contacted on (0131 443 2621) or via our admin mailbox (admin@st-cuthberts.edin.sch.uk). Our nursery can now be contacted separately at: stcu-nurmail@st-cuthberts.edin.sch.uk

Parents Consultations This Term via MS Teams

A letter providing further guidance was sent this week via Learning Journals and the school app. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about this process. Thanks to those who have done so already. We will make reminder calls to you on the day of your meeting. Please remember to accept the invite in your child’s outlook e-mail account and within the Teams calendar click on the meeting then the join button to take part in the consultation.

Return to School Update P4-7

Information was sent out via the school app and Learning Journals on Tuesday. Please see a recap of key information below:  

ClassPlayground Access for Parents/CarersEnter and Exit School By:Start TimeEnd of Day Wed/ThursEnd of Day Friday
P1Yes, via side entrance gate onlyP1 class door8.45am2.50pm12.10pm
P2Yes, via side entrance gate onlyP2 Infant Entrance9am3.05pm12.25pm
P3Yes, via main entrance gateMain Door8.55am3.20pm12.30pm
P4No  Main Door9.05am3.30pm12.40pm
P5NoUpper School Entrance8.55am3.20pm12.30pm
P6NoUpper School Entrance9am3.25pm12.35pm
P7NoUpper School Entrance9.05am3.30pm12.40pm
LCC1Yes, via side entrance gate.LCC Door 8.55am 3.20pm12.20pm
LCC2Yes, via side entrance gate.LCC Door 8.55am 3.20pm12.20pm

Please note that indoor P.E is still not permitted so this subject will be held outside for the time being. Teachers will advise pupils upon their return as to which days they plan to teach P.E on. Pupils may come to school in hoodies, tracksuits or other sports clothing suitable to the weather on those days. On all other days uniform should be worn.

Please ensure that social distancing is maintained and masks worn at all times within the vicinity of the school. No parents of P4-7 pupils should enter the playground at the start or end of each day. Pupils should also remain out-with the playground until their class is called in.

We look forward to seeing everyone on Monday. If you have any questions relating to this information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Finally, we know that the return to school may be a matter of some anxiety for both pupils and parents/carers. NHS Grampian have developed interesting and helpful resources for parents to support their children in the lead up to the return to school.  I have listed the links to these resources and hope that these will be useful:

Return to School, English as an Additional Language Communications

Please click on the link below and choose the language you require.

COVID communications 2020-21

Booking School Lunches – P1 – P7

Please note the deadline for P4-P7 returning on 15th March was Wednesday 10th March.  Please also remember that bookings must be made by no later than midnight on a Wednesday night for the following Monday.  If you have not booked a school lunch for your child, please send them with a packed lunch from home. 

Please note the new menu and allergen information is already live on the council’s website and can be accessed – https://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/downloads/download/12852/primary-school-lunch-menus-with-nutrition-and-allergen-information

Nursery Update

Faye, Laura and the team thank you again for your support this week. Please note that there is no need to bring food for your child to the nursery, as this will be provided throughout the day. If there is a medical dietary issue that requires you to supply food from home, please discuss with our staff team.

Please continue to enter and exit via the top gate nearest the nursery. Please also note that from Monday pupils will continue to enter by back entrance to nursery but will now exit via the front entrance.  It would be much appreciated if you could continue to ensure that social distancing is in place and face-masks are worn. Thank you.

We would also encourage you to keep following our nursery twitter account @stcnurseryclass and call us on 0131 443 2621 or e-mail stcu-nurmail@st-cuthberts.edin.sch.uk if you have any questions.

Resumption of After School Club and Breakfast Club

Gingerbread, the company who run our after-school club, have contacted us to say that they will be resuming as normal from 15th March.  They are in the process of contacting existing parents/carers of children who have attended the club in the past. If you have not accessed this service before but would like to do so now, please contact Gingerbread on 0131 478 1391.

We plan to open our school Breakfast Club from week commencing 22nd March 2021 and will explain how to book this next week via the school app and Learning Journals.

 

Retirements

Our School Crossing Patrol Person (Lollipop Lady), Pat and our Janitor, John, will be retiring in the coming weeks. John on the 26th of March and Pat on the 31st of March.  Both are valued and well-liked members of staff who will be missed. To mark their departures, the staff will be holding a collection for them. Some parents and carers have also indicated that they would be interested in contributing. If you are amongst their number, please hand in your contribution in an envelope marked with the name of the appropriate person either via your child, if they are in school or in person at our office, if they aren’t. Please remember that this is purely optional.

Families Edinburgh Virtual Magazine

Have just brought out their March/April issue and asked us to share it. Again, the magazine is full of lots of free content aimed directly at parents and their children.

You can read the magazine here but if it is easier then the long link is: https://issuu.com/familiesonline/docs/families_edinburgh_mar-apr_digital__4_?fr=sNzBjZDMyNjY4ODU

City of Edinburgh Council – School Holiday Timings Survey

City of Edinburgh Council have prepared a survey about the timing of school holidays over the next three years.  Parents and staff groups have contributed to the wording of the questions. The survey should only take a few minutes to complete.

The link to the survey is:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/schsd2022

St Cuthbert’s, Slateford and Our Lady’s, Currie

Fr Duffy sends his best wishes to all. Please continue to check the Parish website for details and updates. See below:

https://www.stcuthbertschurch.com

Finally

We wish you all a relaxing and restful weekend.

Mr P Brack, Head Teacher and all at St Cuthbert’s School

Arrangements for Week Beginning 15th March 2021

Dear parents and carers, 

Please see details below of arrangements for our return to school on Monday 15th March. Please refer to last week’s school newsletter re details relating to school lunches that week. Parents and carers of pupils in P5, P6 & P7 should note that independent tasks will be put on Teams on Friday 12th March but that there will be no teacher interaction that day, as teaching staff will  be in school preparing for our return (P4 arrangements were communicated separately).

Please note that indoor P.E is still not permitted so this subject will be held outside for the time being. Teachers will advise pupils upon their return as to which days they plan to teach P.E on. Pupils may come to school in hoodies, tracksuits or other sports clothing suitable to the weather on those days. On all other days uniform should be worn.

Please ensure that social distancing is maintained and masks worn at all times within the vicinity of the school.

We look forward to seeing everyone on Monday. If you have any questions relating to this information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

ClassPlaygroundAccess for Parents/CarersEnter and Exit School By:Start TimeEnd of Day Wed/ThursEnd of DayFriday
P1Yes, via side entrance gate onlyP1 class door8.45am2.50pm12.10pm
P2Yes, via side entrance gate onlyP2 Infant Entrance9am3.05pm12.25pm
P3Yes, via main entrance gateMain Door8.55am3.20pm12.30pm
P4No Main Door9.05am3.30pm12.40pm
P5NoUpper School Entrance8.55am3.20pm12.30pm
P6NoUpper School Entrance9am3.25pm12.35pm
P7NoUpper School Entrance9.05am3.30pm12.40pm
LCC1Yes, via side entrance gate.LCC Door 8.55am 3.20pm12.20pm
LCC2Yes, via side entrance gate.LCC Door 8.55am 3.20pm12.20pm

Newsletter 26: 5th March 2021

      St. Cuthbert’s RC Primary School

                           Newsletter 26– Friday 5th March 2021

        St Cuthbert’s CARES We are: Creative Active Respectful Equal Supported

Good afternoon,

Thanks for reading this week’s update. As always, your questions and feedback are welcomed. We can be contacted on (0131 443 2621) or via our admin mailbox (admin@st-cuthberts.edin.sch.uk). Our nursery can now be contacted separately at: stcu-nurmail@st-cuthberts.edin.sch.uk

Parents Consultations This Term via MS Teams

Thank you to all Parents/carers who indicated their preferred dates to us. We are processing these returns currently and our teachers will send you a Teams invite (via your child’s account) next week. Please let us know if you haven’t heard by 12th March. As, we would always have done in pre-Covid times, in cases where we have not had a response, we have allocated you a time that we hope will suit.

Return to School Update P4-7

The latest information from the Scottish Government this week is that all going well, they expect pupils in P4-7 to return to school on Monday 15th March 2021. When this is confirmed, we will share with you the practical information relating to the return to school, in the same way we did with P1-3 and the nursery. This will be shared as a separate communication via the app, Learning Journals and website next week and repeated again in next week’s newsletter. Please also see accompanying letter (below) from Andy Gray, Chief Education Officer, which was sent out to parents and carers today.

Booking School Lunches – P1 – P7

Please note the deadline for P4-P7 returning on 15th March will be Wednesday 10th March.  Please also remember that bookings must be made on a Wednesday night for the following Monday.  If you have not booked a school lunch for your child, please send them with a packed lunch from home. 

Please note the new menu and allergen information is already live on the council’s website and can be accessed – https://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/downloads/download/12852/primary-school-lunch-menus-with-nutrition-and-allergen-information

World Book Day – Thursday 4th March 2021

World Book Day took place on Thursday 4th March. It was great to see how well pupils engaged with this: there were lots of amazing costumes on display and it was brilliant to see how many children brought in their favourite books to share. Our staff also supported the process with interactive video stories provided in P4-7 and in person by all teachers and Head Teacher in the P1-3 classes.

We made World Book Day vouchers available for collection to parents and carers of pupils in P4-7 on Wednesday. If you still need to collect these, please feel free to do so on Monday from the trolley in the foyer outside our main door.

Nursery Update

Full time hours in the provision began this week (8.30am-3pm Monday to Thursday and 8.30am-12.30pm on Friday). Faye and the team thank you again for your support this week. Please note that there is no need to bring food for your child, as this will be provided throughout the day. If there is a medical dietary issue that requires you to supply food from home, please discuss with our staff team. Please also continue to enter and exit via the top gate nearest the nursery and continue to ensure that social distancing is in place and face-masks are worn. Thank you.

We would also encourage you to keep following our nursery twitter account @stcnurseryclass and call us on 0131 443 2621 or e-mail stcu-nurmail@st-cuthberts.edin.sch.uk if you have any questions.

Absence Reporting

If your child is unwell and unable to attend school or take part in digital learning on any given day, please contact our school office to ensure that the absence is recorded. If your child has not logged in to Teams, we may call to offer support with engagement.

Resumption of After School Club – Monday 15th March 2021

Gingerbread, the company who run our after-school club, have contacted us to say that they will be resuming as normal from 15th March.  They are in the process of contacting existing parents/carers of children who have attended the club in the past. If you have not accessed this service before but would like to do so now, please contact Gingerbread on 0131 478 1391.

We will share an update about our breakfast club in next week’s newsletter.

Collection of Sacramental Workbooks- First Holy Communions P4 and Confirmation P7

If your child is a baptised Catholic, who is expecting to make the sacrament of First Holy Communion (P4) or Confirmation (P7) by this end of this school year, please collect a copy of the appropriate preparation workbook from the trolley located in our school foyer at the main entrance. Times for collection are between 9.15-10.15am and 1.30-2.30pm on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Teachers will commence this learning w/c 8th March 2021. At present, we are awaiting further advice re the actual celebration of these sacraments. I will share this as soon as it becomes available.

The Family Zone – Play Resources for Families of Nursery and P1 Pupils

This resource developed by an experienced, Edinburgh based, early years teaching practitioner and researcher, has been designed to help families with children in Nursery and P1 introduce more play into family life. The resource also shares research findings on the benefits of play at home and in school. Please feel very welcome to click on the link below and explore what it has to offer.

  Promoting Equality at St Cuthbert’s Primary School  

‘Our curriculum is grounded in our commitment to securing children’s rights and wellbeing.’  

In our diverse school community, our aim is that all of our children and young people will experience a curriculum that:
– positively reflects their identities, languages, cultures and histories – is delivered with cultural awareness and sensitivity, using high quality resources and develops critical literacy

  As you saw, when we shared our school renewal plan with you last term, Equality is one of our key areas of focus this year. To this end, as well as progressing our Rights Respecting Schools work, marking cultural and religious events such as Diwali and Black History Month, we also set up a Pupil Equalities Group in Term 1.

  We will be sharing an ‘Equalities Survey’ with parents/carers and pupils shortly. Our Equalities group will then use the findings of these surveys as a basis for their work to further promote Equality in our school.

Retirements

Our School Crossing Patrol Person (Lollipop Lady), Pat and our Janitor, John, will be retiring in the coming weeks. John on the 26th March and Pat on the 31st  of March.  Both are valued and well-liked members of staff who will be missed. To mark their departures, the staff will be holding a collection for them. Some parents and carers have also indicated that they would be interested in contributing. If you are amongst their number, please hand in your contribution in an envelope marked with the name of the appropriate person either via your child, if they are in school or in person at our office, if they aren’t. Please remember that this is purely optional.

City of Edinburgh Council – School Holiday Timings Survey

City of Edinburgh Council have prepared a survey about the timing of school holidays over the next three years.  Parents and staff groups have contributed to the wording of the questions. The survey should only take a few minutes to complete.

The link to the survey is:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/schsd2022

St Cuthbert’s, Slateford and Our Lady’s, Currie

Fr Duffy sends his best wishes to all. Please continue to check the Parish website for details and updates. See below:

https://www.stcuthbertschurch.com

Finally

We wish you all a relaxing and restful weekend.

Mr P Brack, Head Teacher and all at St Cuthbert’s School